Horse Project

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2021 Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association Calendar of Events & Handbook

View the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association Handbook for full information.

January 8-9, 2021 Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association Meeting – CANCELLED due to Covid-19 restrictions

February 27 – Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association Meeting, Virtual Youth & Adult Board, Details pending

April 16-18 – Midwest Horse Fair & State 4-H Horse Assn Used Tack Sale 920-839-5540 – CANCELLED due to Covid-19 restrictions

June 1 State Speaking & Demonstration Virtual Contest – ENTRY DEADLINE: Received by June 1

June 21 – State Hippology Contest, Dodge County Fairgrounds, N6885 High Point Road, Beaver Dam 53916, 920-839-5540 ENTRY DEADLINE: Postmarked by June 1

June 21 – State Horse Bowl Contest, Dodge County Fairgrounds, N6885 High Point Road, Beaver Dam 53916, 920-839-5540 ENTRY DEADLINE: Postmarked by June 1

June 25-27 – Wisconsin State 4-H Hunt & Dressage Show & Clinics 920-946-4697, Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, Plymouth – ENTRY DEADLINE: Postmarked by June 1st

August 23 – Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association Meeting 7:00 pm, Holiday Inn & Suites, Rothschild 715-355-1111, Committee Meetings 6:00 pm, Youth Board Meeting 6:00 pm

September 11-12 – State 4-H Gymkhana, West Allis State Fair Park 920-839-5540, ENTRY DEADLINE: Postmarked by August 15th

September 17-19 – State 4-H Horse Expo, West Allis State Fair Park 920-839-5540

November 6 – Wisconsin 4-H Horse Project Leader Conference, Will not be held in 2021 instead join us at Fall Forum

January 7-8 – 2022 Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association Meeting, Holiday Inn & Suites, Rothschild 715-355-1111, Friday Meal 6:00 pm 7:00 pm Committee Meetings, Saturday 9:00 am Committee & Youth Board Meetings, Saturday Meal 11:00 am – Noon, Saturday Noon – Board of Directors Meeting

What is it All About?

The 4-H horse project can provide youth with the opportunity to learn about care, selection, management, health, marketing and careers in the equine industry. Learn the basic principles of animal science by caring for, working with, keeping records or owning a horse. Explore knowledge of sound management, nutrition, reproduction and selection practices. Discover how you can start a career in the equine industry.

Grow in Your Project

Starting Out

  • Learn about basic horse care
  • Identify the parts of a horse
  • Learn breeds of horses
  • Learn about genetics and heredity of horses
  • Investigate horse diseases

Learning More

  • Learn the basics of trail riding
  • Check horse vital signs
  • Learn how to mount and dismount safely
  • Communicate with your horse
  • Practice horsemanship maneuvers

Going Further

  • Research and purchase show clothing
  • Improve a show horse’s appearance
  • Improve your showmanship pattern
  • Learn riding patterns
  • Evaluate ethics in competitive situations


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Horse Project. Just follow these links!

American Horse Council National trade association representing the horse industry in Washington, D.C.Site addresses concerns of the national identification system and how the horse industry is responding and what it means to horse owners and breeders.

American Youth Horse Council AYHC is a on-profit organization providing leadership and resources for the youth horse industry. AYHC develops and distributes educational materials, promotes communication and provides training opportunities to those looking to teach kids about horses. Site features activities, events, resources and many horse-related related links.

National 4-H Online Horse Project Visit this site for additional National 4-H Horse Project activities, information and links.

PetStation Site is a directory of information about all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, aquarium fish and more.

Saddle and Sirloin Club UW-Madison student club that organizes and administers the Little International Horse Show, Badger Kick-off Classic Steer and Heifer Show, Bucky’s Spectacular Pig Show, and the Badger Bonanza Lamb Show.

UW-Extension State Horse Specialist: Horse UW-Extension Horse site with links to the Horse Pasture Management Course, Wisconsin State Horse Council, and more.

Wisconsin State Fair Park Various horse-related events held at the state fairgrounds throughout the year, West Allis, WI.

Wisconsin State Horse Council Council promotes the state’s equine industry through leadership, education, service and communication.

Take Your Project Further!

  • Attend a horse show, rodeo or other horse event
  • Visit a horse farm, horse training facility, horse boarding facility, etc
  • Participate in the Horse Bowl
  • Visit a local tack shop or horse supply store
  • Create a collection of horse showmanship and horsemanship patterns
  • Research horse-related careers
  • Participate in your County Horse Judging team and compete at the County Fair
  • Participate in your county Hippology Team and compete at the County Fair
  • Participate in a Hunt & Dressage Show or the Gymkhana

Applying Project Skills to Life

Enhance Your Communication Skills

  • Present a demonstration about parts of a horse
  • Present a riding safety session at a 4-H event
  • Give oral reasons as part of a horse judging team

Get Involved in Citizenship and Service

  • Participate or organize a charitable trail ride of benefit show
  • Set an example of safe riding by wearing a helmet when riding your horse
  • Collaborate with others to provide a horse therapy event for disabled youth

Learn about Leadership

  • Organize a trail ride for your fellow 4-H project members
  • Organize a tack swap for 4-H members
  • Conduct a show horse grooming clinic

Showing What You’ve Learned

  • Participate in the 4-H Horse Show
  • Make a poster about color markings
  • Make horse treats
  • Make a display of horse body parts
  • Design your own patterns
  • Make a display of horse diseases
  • Design a horse stable
  • Make a poster on the history of horses or a particular horse breed
  • Make a video of horse body language
  • Make your own horse clothing
  • Create a horse first aid kit
  • Create a horse supply price chart
  • Make a poster of the different types of tack you might use
  • Create a poster of different types of saddles and their use
  • Display of appropriate riding attire

Adapted with permission from Wyoming State 4-H, Project Information Sheet, Horse. Retrieved from:

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

County Fair Exhibit Ideas for the Horse Project

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